“Deeper Blue” shows how Kohala has evolved since the release of the first, self-titled CD. Yet, influences of folk, jazz, and life in Hawaii continue to serve as a foundation and inspiration for the three members of this Big Island acoustic guitar trio: GRAMMY Award-winning Charles Michael Brotman, Charlie Recaido (who performed solo tracks on the GRAMMY winning album), and newest member, Rupert Tripp, Jr.
As the trio explores new music and writes more of their own compositions, their structure stays basically the same. Brotman plays the melody line on nylon strings in his classical-style, and Recaido and Tripp create a unique chordal texture with their exquisite finger-style acoustic guitar playing on steel strings. The combination of their diverse musical influences establishes their own distinct sound – an acoustic blend of island, folk and jazz.
“Our take: Kohala has the master’s touch.”
Wayne Harada – Honolulu Advertiser